Distance 5.3 km return, height gain 70 m, easy
A more interesting alternative to the almost-flat Hogarth Lakes snowshoe loop that heads up through a draw between the eastern outlier of Commonwealth Peak and a small hill that, before the trees grew back, used to provide a good place to get in some turns.
Start: Hwy. 742 (Smith-Dorrien-Spray Trail) at Burstall Pass parking lot.
Follow the old Hogarth logging road to about halfway along the second lake where a snow-filled creekbed heads up to the left. The creekbed leads moderately steeply to a draw. Continue through the draw and up a slight hill to an area of small trees at the top of the pass. Down a short distance to the right find an old, overgrown logging road that curves down to Burstall Creek. Cross the creek and ascend to Burstall Lakes Trail. If you want to extend your trip you can head right and visit the Avalanche Impact Pool or head left back to the parking lot. See map
Difficulty: Easy to start, then a steep climb up to the draw, then some bushwhacking down to the Burstal lake trail. Track log gpx
Note: There are two avalanche paths that end in the draw from the steep rocky face above. To be on the safe side don’t use this route if the Danger Level is High in the Alpine.
  • Parallel Falls on eastern outlier of Commonwealth Peak.

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Trailhead: Burstall Pass 50.790847N, -115.303494W

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Last updated Sep 29, 2017